Viv Richards applauded the historic feat achieved by Virat Kohli (above)    AFP
Viv Richards applauded the historic feat achieved by Virat Kohli (above) AFP

Following the conclusion of the fruitful Day 2 for Indian in the first of the four-match Test series against West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Friday, the legend, on whom the ground is named, himself dropped a visit to the team hotel, as he dropped in some valuable advise for the young team India, and the man of the moment, as well as their skipper Virat Kohli. Viv Richards urged the Indian team to be fearless, and express themselves as much as they can on the field, if they did have confidence within them regarding their skills and strengths. He also applauded the historic feat achieved by Kohli, as he became the first batsman to score a double ton in Antigua, while the feat also made the legend more proud. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs West Indies 2016, 1st Test at Antigua

“I think It was a magnificent hundred. To score a double hundred at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground is a formidable task in terms of what he has achieved. I remember when I met him at the hotel [before the Test series] I did say good luck, but I didn t believe he would take it this far in terms of achieving a double. As a batsman myself, it was very pleasing to see and even though it was against the West Indies, I do appreciate seeing class and his was a classy knock,” said Viv.

“It is always an achievement for you as an individual to go in someone else s backyard and accomplish victory. We all know what can be accomplished at home but when you go out, you get tougher conditions and it is always a great feeling. For him to be doing that; get his first double hundred here at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium and having a chat with him was quite enjoyable too,” he added. Kohli satisfied achieving double century

On being asked how special it felt for such an innings on the field by a batsman, especially when the field is named after him, he said, “I think it s very special and for those of us here in Antigua and Barbuda [too], who appreciate seeing good knocks and seeing good batsmen perform. Those who weren t here today missed something, but I saw it and I am happy to say that it s the first time I saw Virat Kohli make century and to see him complete the double. I was here to speak, so I had a very good seat and I thoroughly enjoyed that.”

“The thing that sets him apart is his will. He certainly has a magnificent appetite to perform. His talent is as good as any. Sometimes, we have seen talent fall by the wayside. Kohli has certainly maximized his talent in my opinion and taken it to the next level because of the fact of believing and the will he has and the desire to succeed,” he concluded.